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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
50. Another on the said Occasion
 
 
ONE Queen Artemisia, as old stories tell,
When deprived of her husband she loved so well,
In respect for the love and affection he show’d her,
She reduc’d him to dust and she drank up the powder.
But Queen Netherplace, of a diff’rent complexion,        5
When called on to order the fun’ral direction,
Would have eat her dead lord, on a slender pretence,
Not to show her respect, but—to save the expense!
 

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